An unsuspected case of COVID-19 — hospitalized as the pandemic was beginning in the United States — exposed 43 healthcare workers and caused what are thought to be the first occupational infections with the virus.
In one of the first reports of the clear risk of 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) to healthcare workers, an outbreak in a hospital in Wuhan, China, resulted in 40 infections in clinical staff caring for patients.
New guidelines by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to protect healthcare workers from infections call for infection preventionists to be key collaborators with occupational health departments.
But desire to protect family trumps self-preservation
February 22, 2016
Based on the historical precedents of HIV/AIDS and Ebola, some 25% of healthcare workers may refuse to treat patients with the next novel pandemic pathogen that is perceived as life-threatening, researchers report in a fascinating new attitudinal study.